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Around Sparta - Local Attractions & Activities


» Biking » Canoe & Kayaking » Amish Community
» Mississippi Boat Cruises » Good Restaurants » Shopping & Antiques
» Fishing » Golfing » Hiking Trails, Bird Watching
» Motorcycles Rallies » Skiing, Downhill & Cross Country, Snomobiling,snowshoeing » Festavals & Upcoming Events
» Miscellaneous » Museum » Seasonal
» Tourism » Winter Activities

Biking


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Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/linear-bike-trails/elroy-sparta-state-trail-203652

This is the granddaddy of them all! The Elroy-Sparta Trail was the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country and it is perennially one of the most popular bicycling destinations in the state. Located in one of the most scenic parts of Wisconsin, the trail is one of the few flat surfaces in a land of narrow valleys and steep wooded bluffs.The Headquarters for this trail is Kendall Depot. Three tunnels are a big part of the trail\'s appeal. The longest, between Sparta and Norwalk, is more than three-quarters of a mile long. Walking through the tunnels, (you can\'t ride them), is an adventure in itself. The small towns en-route all have a bike-friendly atmosphere; after all, the trail has made them famous.

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La Crosse River State Trail
Website: http://www.lacrosseriverstatetrail.org/main.htm

Scenery and history abound on the 21.5 mile La Crosse River State Trail. This trail is a connecting link between the Great River State Trail and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. Beyond Elroy lies the 400 Trail with 22 miles of scenic beauty connecting Elroy to Reedsburg. Recreationalists have approximately 101 miles of biking and hiking between Perrot State Park near Trempealeau and Reedsburg, Wis.

Canoe & Kayaking


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Titanic Canoe Rental
Website: http://www.titaniccanoerental.com/

We strive very hard to be the best canoe rental in the world! We believe that we offer the best customer service and satisfaction in Ontario, WI. We are open on weekends and by appointment during the weekdays in April and full-time, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, from May 1st through October 30th.

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Mr Ducks Canoe Rental
Website: http://www.mrduckscanoerental.com

Welcome to Mr. Duck\'s in Ontario Wisconsin, where you can paddle the \"Crookedest River in the World\", the Kickapoo River from Ontario to La Farge.
We offer many different trips ranging from 1.5 hours to 2 days with riverside camping.
Canoeing, kayaking and tubing in Wisconsin is fun and safe all season long, thanks to Mr. Duck’s Canoe Rental. Family owned and operated since 1988, we are conveniently located right on the Kickapoo River two blocks from downtown Ontario, at the junction of Highway 33 and 131 N. (in the Big Yellow Building!)

Festavals & Upcoming Events


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Fall Gift & Craft Show
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals/fall-gift-craft-show-38973

Fall and holiday hand crafted and retail items. Unique and well priced by all vendors. More than 100 booths, free admission, free parking.

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Oktoberfest
Website: http://www.oktoberfestusa.com/

Celebrating the best of Midwest festivals here in La Crosse! This German heritage celebration offers something for everyone! Fest goers will enjoy a variety of family activities, including the Maple Leaf Parade, carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national entertainers, children’s acts, as well as local and regional country, pop, blues and rock groups.

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Cranberry Festival
Website: http://festivalnet.com/2664/Warrens-Wisconsin/Festivals/Warrens-Cranberry-Festival

Enjoy live music, a parade, carnival, arts and crafts and a wide variety of culinary treats featuring Wisconsin cranberries. Warrens Cranberry Festival – the world\'s largest cranberry festival – is a three-day celebration of Wisconsin\'s state fruit.

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Fergusons Morningside Orchard
Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g59902-d736935-Reviews-Ferguson_s_Mor

Family owned and operated apple orchard, producing a wide variety of apples. But it is also so much more, Tom and Deb call it family fun in the country. The orchard is an all day event with a corn maze, hay pyramid, spinning apple ride, and Farmer Tom\'s Barnyard. Take a peaceful walk on their 58 acre pick your own apple orchard, or enjoy the view from a week-end tractor and wagon ride.

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Tomah Truck & Tractor Pull
Website: http://www.tomahtractorpull.com

BUDWEISER DAIRYLAND SUPER NATIONAL TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL
NOT JUST A PULL... AN EXPERIENCE
This is one of the Nation’s Premier Event for Truck and Tractor Pullers. Pullers come from all over the World to compete at this event.

It’s not just a pull, it’s an experience.

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La Crosse Riverfest
Website: http://riverfestlacrosse.com

Riverfest – established in 1983 to create and hold a family festival with “something for everyone”. Held annually in Riverside Park over the 4th of July weekend. Riverfest should encourage citizens for the La Crosse area to celebrate the holiday at home and invite visitors from outside the area to join us for fireworks, entertainment, food and festivities and to encourage La Crosse area citizens to realize the beauty of this area with the parks and rivers.

Seasonal


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House Of Shadows
Website: http://www.facebook.com/HoSSparta/

The House of Shadows is an interactive haunted attraction / fund raiser for the Sparta Boys and Girls club. We take a \'reported haunted\' former infirmary of the Wisconsin State Child Center and turn it into a haunted house each year for your spooktacular pleasure. The Not So Scary attraction (6-7PM) is suitable for the faint of heart where the ghouls are still sleeping and a flashlight is provided to help guide your way. The Very Scary attraction (begins 7PM) finds the ghouls wide awake and daring you to enter!

Concessions available on-site.
A large tent is setup for the waiting area where we get you in the spirit with classic horror flicks projected on the side of the tent.

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Hidden Trails Corn Maze
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/tours/hidden-trails-corn-maze-192986

Located 3 miles west of West Salem, WI., Hidden Trails corn Maze offers fun for the whole family! Enjoy a walk through the wonderful natural environment provided by rows of corn. the maze is over 12 acres, 4 separate mazes, totaling 5 miles of paths. The maze is carved out of towering cornstalks is a fun and unique experience sure to help you GET LOST ! With a ticket and a picture of trails in hand, find your way to checkpoints which contain clues to the next checkpoint. Whether young or old, the maze offers a fun outing with a twist of education.

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Ho-Chunk Pow-Wow
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/native-culture/ho-chunk-pow-wow-39030

Twice a year, Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Ho-Chunk welcome all friends and neighbors to attend their pow-wow held as a celebration of thanks. It provides a time to gather and enjoy drums, dancing, and a wide variety of crafts available from vendors across the country. Visitors spend their day enjoying the vibrant colors and designs of the dancers\' regalia and admiring their fluid, beautiful dancing. It is open to the public for no cost. Free parking

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Tucker And Beckys Pumpkin Patch
Website: http://www.facebook.com/TuckerAndBeckysPumpkinPatch/

Pick your own Pumpkin patch open Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm from September 27, 2014 - End of October TBD.

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Mt. La Crosse
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/downhill-skiing-snowboarding/mt-la-crosse-204088

The Best Ski Resort in the area the people in La Crosse are very Lucky to have such a nice Ski Hill so close and easy to get to. Many Great times and Memories have come from Mt La Crosse and hopefully many more. Get out and Enjoy the Snow! This is a great hill to ski.

Three Double chairlifts, One rope tow, 100% snowmaking, lessons for all levels, children\'s weekend program, NASTAR, terrain park, ski and snowboard equipment rental packages, ski shop, food and lounge, party room.

Tourism


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La Crosse Queen Cruises
Website: http://www.lacrossequeen.com/

RIVERBOAT INFORMATION...

The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s. Cruising out of LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with sternwheels that are her only means of propulsion.

The La Crosse Queen has a split sternwheel and each half is run by a twin diesel engine; these power hydraulic motors which turn the paddles. The split paddlewheel gives the Queen greater maneuverability and dependability. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddlewheelers in operation today that have a \"free wheeling\" paddlewheel at the stern of the boat for visual effect, but have traditional screw-type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion.

The La Crosse Queen is U.S. Coast Guard inspected for safety and is licensed to carry up to 149 passengers.

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Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
Website: http://www.guadalupeshrine.org/about

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe began as a blessed and holy inspiration enhanced with the dedication and hard work of many generous faithful. It forever will be a spiritual destination for pilgrims from all over the world, who yearn for the peace, love and compassion that Our Lady of Guadalupe promises.

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Riverside Park
Website: http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/parksandrec/RiversidePark

Riverside Park has been opened since 1911, originally called Levee Park and is located off the Mississippi River and in downtown La Crosse. Riverside Park is well known for hosting Riverfest, the Rotary lights, being a docking station for the Mississippi Queen and the Julia Bell Swain, and being home to an annual 4th of July fireworks celebration. In addition, the park offers trails, open spaces, and plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the river.

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La Crosse Segway Tours
Website: http://www.lacrossesegwaytours.com

Looking for something new and exciting to do? Have you ever seen a Segway and thought it looked like fun but also thought I\'ll never be able to do that? Well, we guarantee that you will be able to, or your money back! (We\'ve never had to turn someone away because they couldn\'t ride a Segway.) Segways are SELF BALANCING and take less than 5 minutes for the average person to learn how to operate one.

Embark on a tour by an experienced guide. Discover La Crosse as you glide effortlessly on a Segway while taking in the sights along the beautiful Mississippi River. Capture your memories with great photographs as you enjoy our Segway sightseeing tours. The great thing about Segways are that you can cover a lot more ground than you would by foot but you can go places you can\'t in a car.

We are proud to be Western Wisconsin\'s only Segway tour/rental company! Not only do we have the lowest priced Segway tours in the tri-state region, but we will also Let you \"try before you buy\". We allow you to experience what it feels like to ride a Segway starting at only $15. When you decide to go on a tour, we will credit the $15 towards that tour. La Crosse Segway Tours is committed to bringing unique fun-filled experiences for friends and families of all ages.

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Granddad Bluff
Website: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/natural-attractions-and-parks/grandad-bluff-200532

This 600-ft high bluff overlooks the city of La Crosse. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Museum


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Hixon House
Website: http://www.lchshistory.org/hixon-house/

\"The Hixon House is a beautiful look back in time at an authentic Victorian home. The Hixon House has approximately 90% of its original furnishings, making it unusual among historic houses. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the LaCrosse County Historical Society. Begun in 1859 by lumber baron Gideon Hixon, this Italianate house features beautiful woodwork and lavish interior decoration.

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Riverside Museum
Website: http://www.lchshistory.org/riverside-museum/

The Riverside Museum is filled with history on logging, steamboats, pearl button making, settlers, prehistory artifacts from the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, and more! Self-guided tours are available during our open season, and guided tours are available year round by calling ahead and scheduling your trip.

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Childrens Museum Of La Crosse
Website: http://www.funmuseum.org/

Open since 1999, the Children\'s Museum of La Crosse celebrates the value of play via three floors of hands-on exhibits plus related programming and more.

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Deke Slayton Museum
Website: http://www.dekeslaytonmuseum.org/

Deke Slayton Museum Mission Statement:

The Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum commemorates Sparta astronaut Deke Slayton and a “Progression of Transportation” through bicycles, aviation, and space exploration to connect people to knowledge, creativity, and inspiration.

Around Sparta - Area Restaurants


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Club Oasis
Website: http://www.cluboasissparta.com/index.html
Genre: Family Dining

American Restaurant in Sparta, Wisconsin. People talk about cheese curds, soup and salad bar and broasted chicken. See reviews and recommendations.

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Village Inn
Genre: Family Dining

Family-friendly chain serving homestyle American classics such as chicken-fried steak & pot pie. If you are looking for an awesome Friday Night fish fry, look no further.

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Jake's Northwoods
Website: http://www.jakesnorthwoods.com/index.htm
Genre: Family Dining

Welcome to the Jake's Northwoods.

Our staff and I would like invite you to enjoy a night on the town, from cocktail hour to enjoying night club entertainment after dinner. At Jake's Northwoods we offer casual dining at it’s best, with a casual relaxed atmosphere and smoke free environment.

Our menu was created over the years with friends and family. We had a great time and many memories of the events that brought this menu to life. We would hope you would have the same with your friends and family at our restaurant.

May we recommend you enjoy a fine wine or perhaps an appetizer such as our battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds while waiting for your meal. But don’t forget that all our food is cooked to order, every meal is cut, prepped and cooked, when you order it. So it is cooked and prepared as you like it. With only the freshest ingredients. Just as you would have it at your home.

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Features
Website: http://www.featuressportsbar.com
Genre: Family Dining

OPEN DAILY FROM 7AM TO 1AM
Since 1985, Features Sports Bar has remained one of the La Crosse area's favorite destinations. With over a dozen flat-screens, 8 bowling lanes and 2 sand volleyball courts - entertainment has been stitched into the Features fabric. With a tasty selection of American classics, and fully-stocked bar, you will never leave hungry or thirsty!

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Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery
Website: http://www.badgercrossing.com
Genre: Family Dining

Located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Cashton, Wisconsin, we feature an old fashioned restaurant and bar with dining the whole family will enjoy. We are proud that we've kept that old world charm and character in our restaurant. You'll enjoy our extensive menu for both lunch and dinner seven days a week. We have a private room upstairs that is perfect for meetings, parties and banquets.

Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery was named from the former Badger Store and the railroad depot and crossing that were fixtures in Cashton from the town’s beginning.

Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery has been family-owned by Tim and Debbie Hundt since 2005. After some remodeling, additional tables and chairs, and the addition of the Boss’s Lounge to the second story loft, the Badger Crossing Pub & Eatery remains a prominent & popular spot in the village of Cashton.

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Foxhole Pub
Genre: Family Dining

Resturant/Bar

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Big Boar Barbeque
Website: http://bigboarbbq.com/
Genre: Barbeque

Big Boar BBQ & Catering is home to the best BBQ in the North. We take pride in our savory, smoked barbecued meats and our friendly, casual atmosphere, and we use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. Stop in for lunch or call us today about catering for a special event!

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Italianos
Website: http://www.spartaitalianos.com/
Genre: Miscellaneous

THE DESTINATION RESTAURANT.

Little Italy in the heart of historic downtown Sparta, WI.

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Slice of Chicago
Website: http://www.spsliceofchicago.com/
Genre: Pizza

Come check out the newly remodeled seating area. We have also added 1.5 liter bottles of Mt. Dew, Diet Mt.Dew, Pepsi, and Diet Pepsi for delivery and carry out only.
 

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